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The Rankin/Bass Production of The Hobbit is the 1977 Disneyland Records album adaptation of the 1977 Rankin/Bass animated film, The Hobbit.

Credits

1977 LP version

  • Released in 1977. Album Producer: Jymn Magon. Film Producer/Directors: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass. Associate Producer: Masaki Izuka. Screenplay: Romeo Muller, from the Book by J.R.R. Tolkien. Music: Maury Laws. Lyrics: J.R.R. Tolkien, Jules Bass. Choral Director: Lois Winter. Sound Engineering: Bob Elder, John Curcio, Dave Iveland. Sound Effects; Tom Clack. Production Design: Arthur Rankin, Jr. Character Design: Lester Abrams.
  • Voices: Orson Bean (Bilbo Baggins); John Huston (Galdalf); Hans Conreid (Thorin); Theodore Gottlieb (Gollum); Cyril Ritchard (Elrond); Richard Boone (Smaug); Otto Preminger (Elvenking); Paul Frees (Bombur, Troll, Spider); John Stephenson (Bard, Dori, Great Goblin); Don Messick (Balin, Lord of the Eagles, Goblin, Troll); Jack DeLeon (Dwalin, Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Nori, Bifur, Bofur, Goblin); Glenn Yarbrough, Thurl Ravenscroft, Bill Lee, Gene Merlino, Gloria O’Brien (Vocalists).
  • Songs & Verse: “The Greatest Adventure (The Ballad of The Hobbit),” “That’s What Bilbo Baggins Hates,” “Gandalf’s Recitation,” In the Valley, Ha! Ha!,” “Down, Down to Goblin Town,” “Gollum’s Riddle,” “Roads,” “Rollin’ Down the Hole,” “Funny Little Things,” “The Mountain King’s Return,” “Misty Mountains Cold.”

Storyteller version

  • Voices: Robert Holt (Narrator, Smaug); Corey Burton (Bilbo Baggins, Thorin, Gandalf); Jymn Magon (Incidental Goblin).

Buena Vista Records version

  • Released in 1977. Album Producer: Jymn Magon. Film Producer/Directors: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass. Music: Maury Laws. Lyrics: J.R.R. Tolkien, Jules Bass. Choral Director: Lois Winter. Film Sound Engineering: Bob Elder, John Curcio, Dave Iveland. Disneyland Recording Engineer: George Charouhas.

Performers include: Glen Yarbrough, John Huston, Thurl Ravenscroft, Bill Lee, Gene Merlino, Gloria O’Brien.

  • Songs & Verse: “The Greatest Adventure (The Ballad of The Hobbit),” “In the Valley, Ha! Ha!,” “Old Fat Spider,” “Roads,” “That’s What Bilbo Baggins Hates,” “Misty Mountains Cold,” “Down, Down to Goblin Town,” “Rollin’ Down the Hole,” “Gollum’s Riddle,” “Funny Little Things,” “In the Valley, Ha! Ha! (Reprise),” “Misty Mountains Cold (Reprise).”
  • Instrumentals: “Roads,” “The Greatest Adventure.”

Verse: “Gandalf’s Recitation.”

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